June 5, 2013
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Can MS Dhoni lead his team to glory?
Despite not being many people’s favourites, India still have a formidable team in this form of the game, and only less than two years ago MS Dhoni was lifting the World Cup in Mumbai. There is also that feeling that any team under the leadership of Dhoni knows how to win the big games.
India’s hope of qualifying for the latter part of the tournament lie in Group B alongside West Indies, Pakistan, and South Africa.
India’s main strengths as a tem lie in its middle order batting. The team benefits from the likes of Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, and Virat Kolhi all with solid techniques and the ability to increase a run rate. They also have the special weapon in MS Dhoni coming in down the order, who is a destructive finisher of any innings, in any conditions. Dhoni thrives on batting under pressure and don’t be surprised to see him in the thick of it, in a crucial run chase at the back-end of the competition.
Without the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag not in the squad, India field a youthful looking line-up that is now rated as one of the best fielding teams in the competition. And this is a discipline that we know can get a side to victory in a tight contest in those must win matches.
New to many cricket fans in this country, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a player to look out for. He is economical with the new ball, swings it both ways, and with conditions suiting him could be a handful for any opposition top order.
If the Indian players can bring their IPL form into this form of the game then there is no reason why we can’t see further success for this outfit.